Here comes part two of my series of articles about Maps and Role Playing Games
Episode 3 will be out in July!
in Blogpost, Maps
May 23, 2013 @ 21:58:39
I have to admit, I’m somewhat jealous. You are doing an amazing job of mapping the Flanaess…
Ever since the World of Greyhawk folio came out in 1980, I’ve wanted to map the entire world in the style of USGS 7.5 minute maps. Although I drew a number of such maps of important campaign locations which i am quite proud of (even though some now seem silly in the light of my increased knowledge of geology) I was well aware back then that it was an impossible and completely insane goal: computers were way too primitive, and I couldn’t even afford the necessary drafting tools, let alone the 143,000 sheets of mapping paper that would’ve been needed for the Flanaess.
Now 33 years later, technology is finally starting to catch up with my dreams, and i’m no longer convinced that it’s impossible but I don’t have even a fraction of the time to devote to such a project.
May 24, 2013 @ 09:28:02
I had exactly your thoughts back then and I also made a series of detailed maps back then. But it was more work than inspiration, maps like that didn’t show what the land look like. I wanted awe inspiring landscapes not lines showing the exact altitude. So I abandoned my project due to lack of talent, I couldn’t produce the results I wanted.
But in the mid 90s I saw that computers could render the images I wanted, and I saw an ad for Bryce…. 🙂
So I started my pursuit to map the Flanaess in earnest. It took me hundred of hours to figure out how to make the terrain look the way I wanted. It was an feeling of wonder when I saw my first promising results slowly appear on the screen. It was a bet on Moore’s Law would provide me with more computing power that payed of, capacity has grown along side my needs the past almost 20 years since I started.
Now I’m on my last parts and the journey have been a long and hard one, but worth it, I now have the map I dreamt of when i started gaming 🙂
George M (aka Dark Lord Galen)
Jun 08, 2013 @ 19:24:11
As always, it is refreshing to see the results of your efforts, and even your prose here brings a smile and a laugh. I really chuckled at the “pilots view” of the Dyvers Greyhawk area. :O)
As stated elsewhere, you are the Demi-Goddess of Greyhawk Cartography. No slight to Darlene Pekul, who certainly inspired us all, but you have elevated that work to a new level. One, I would think, even she would smile nothing but praise on when seeing what you have created. Keep up the wonderful work.
Friend, Fan, Admire, and Supporter,
Jun 09, 2013 @ 18:37:21
Thank you!! 🙂